California is once again defending the Affordable Care Act, leading a coalition of Democratic states against a small army of Republican lawmakers seeking to undo the Obama administration’s signature health care law.
Thursday morning, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra and 16 other attorneys general appealed last month’s ruling by a federal judge in Texas that declared the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, unconstitutional.
"I’ve seen how the ACA has transformed lives and I’ve seen it up close," Becerra said in a phone call with the press. "That is why so many of us are committed to defending the ACA."
Many legal experts, both liberal and conservative, have predicted that the Texas ruling will be overturned by a higher court.
Last month, Judge Reed O’Connor of Fort Worth ruled on a lawsuit filed against the federal government by top law enforcement officers and other elected leaders of 20 states, including Texas and Florida. That legal coalition of red states argued that the individual mandate, which requires people to either buy insurance or pay a fee, was unconstitutional. The Texas judge agreed — and argued that the health care law should be nixed in its entirety.